On Wednesday President Trump said he has instructed the U.S. Navy to "shoot down and destroy" any Iranian gunboats that are harassing American ships. This is in the wake of a very tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.


"I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," President Trump tweeted.

More on the incident that occurred last week, per Fox News:

The encounter happened last week. Six U.S. Navy warships were conducting drills with US Army Apache attack helicopters in international waters off Iran last Wednesday when they were repeatedly harassed by 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported.

The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui's, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said.

The Navy also reported that the USS Paul Hamilton, USS Firebolt, USS Sirocco and USCGC Wrangell, as well as the Puller and Maui, were involved in the exercises.

President Trump let Iran know that despite the amount of attention on the coronavirus, their antics have not gone unnoticed.

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